I’ve been having a bit of an adverse reaction to Pinterest lately. Don’t get me wrong, I am still totally obsessed with the visual bookmarking site and could/do spend hours happily pinning. Most of the time I’m pinning outrageously beautiful home spaces – perfectly styled laundry rooms, bathrooms dripping with carrera marble and kitchens larger than most city apartments.
It all started with this kitchen image. Amazing? Sure it is. But seriously, who has not one but TWO ten foot islands in their kitchen?!?!
I love to ooooh and aaaaah over these rooms as much as anyone but it got me thinking –
Not every kitchen has room for an island and many people are struggling with renovating older homes to get that open floor plan look. This is a classic example of how to do that. There was very likely a wall separating this room from the dining room where the kitchen peninsula is.
A small mud nook. I love that it looks real. Hats, shoes, jackets…it’s all out there and still looks cute. Also note the oil drip pans tucked underneath for the shoes. Brilliant to catch all that outside ick.
I am a firm believer that no matter how outrageous and over the top a room is, there’s always something you can take from it and incorporate into your home. It could be as large as the perfect light fixture or as small as how to creatively place accessories on a bookshelf.
But isn’t it nice to see images of beautiful AND attainable spaces sometimes? A realistic image can inspire ACTION. It can get you measuring and hammering instead of pinning and wishing. And while I recognize that we all have different definitions of “attainable” is, I think we can all agree that these rooms are at least more in the realm of possibility than a kitchen with two ten foot islands!